Advocacy & Social Justice
Leading the way to empowerment
MPA advocacy is about taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and access services.
While every MPA program or service has an advocacy component, and all MPA staff advocate for our clients in one way or another, our formal, recognized advocacy programs are: Homeless Outreach, Court Services and the MPA Resource Centre. These programs offer individual, systemic and policy advocacy and have been the foundation and part of the original purpose of MPA since its formation in 1971.
"To empower and support people with mental illness to ensure their social and legal rights are promoted".
"Advocacy and social justice is achieved through recognition of human rights, fair treatment under the law and an impartial share of the benefits of society."
At MPA Society, advocacy embraces the principles of PSR; namely, that our efforts support individual choice, personal freedom and decision making.
Advocacy work at MPA Society incorporates the following beliefs and practices:
- Active support of an idea or cause;
- Organized activism to change policies, practices or beliefs;
- Speaking on behalf of another (generally the disadvantaged);
- Managing information and knowledge to increase public awareness or influence policy